Bechtel is among the companies and universities working with the NSBE in support of the organization’s goal to increase the number of African Americans graduating with bachelor’s degrees in engineering to 10,000 per year by 2025. Currently, about 3,620 black engineers graduate per year, according to the NSBE.
“I’m honored to receive a Golden Torch Award,” said Edwards. “We deeply appreciate the enormous value of our partnership with NSBE because diversifying our workplace depends on increasing the number of students enrolling in engineering at the university level, and then supporting them through graduation. Bechtel’s continued growth as a leading global engineering, construction, and procurement company greatly depends on our ability to develop these talented students and propel them to rewarding careers.
At Bechtel, Edwards is responsible for the development and execution of the corporation’s diversity and inclusion program. Since assuming the role in 2018, he has successfully guided the company to achieving its strategic goals in recruitment, relationships with key universities and organizations such as the NSBE, employee training, talent management and promotions, and the support of employee resource groups.
Edwards has held a variety of managerial and project engineering roles since joining Bechtel in 2000, including manager of the Quality and Six Sigma function for Bechtel’s Infrastructure business unit and field engineering manager of the Washington, D.C. area’s Metrorail Dulles corridor project.
Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. He holds a Six Sigma master black belt certification.
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